Volkswagen to Build New DSG Plant in TianjinJune 11th, 2012 | Posted in Volkswagen
Despite the ongoing crisis caused by its faulty direct-shift gearboxes in China, Volkswagen prepares to build a second transmission plant in its largest market. Construction of the new DSG plant is set to begin in Tianjin in August.
Since 2009 Volkswagen China has faced mounting consumer complaints about two types of DSG, the DQ200 and DQ250, which in this year developed into a PR crisis (and forced CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann to leave, many believe). Pressured by the country’s top quality supervision agency, Volkswagen announced last month that it would extend guarantees for involved gearboxes in addition to offering free software updates, but refused to acknowledge design defects or issue a new recall.
The Tianjin plant, scheduled to open in 2014, will mainly produce the DQ380 and DQ500. Design capacity for each is 450,000 units a year. The DQ500, currently made only in Germany, will be employed by Tiguan SUVs from Shanghai Volkswagen, while the DQ380, derived from the DQ500, will be used on models like Audi Q3 and Golf GTI. Volkswagen plans to spend 927 million euros on the plant.
The Dalian DSG plant, which opened in May 2015, has mainly produced the DQ200.